Social Media Tips to Keep Your Profile Professional

At LNE Consulting we understand the importance of maintaining an online presence that is both professional and informative. The simplest search engine can unearth comments, likes and pictures that you may not have considered appropriate for a potential employer or colleague.

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It is very likely that most companies that consider you for a position will do some basic online searches to see how you carry yourself online, so check out these tips for keeping your online profiles professional.

  1. Be sure to have school and work sections filled out. This way it will match what is on your resume and there won’t be any confusion about where you earned your degree and what you’ve been doing since.
  2. Update your profile picture, particularly since this often is visible despite your privacy settings. Ask yourself: “If a potential employer or client saw this one picture of me, would they find me trustworthy and professional?”
  3. Go through your pictures and be sure that anything you’ve been tagged in since you joined Facebook circa 2005 are pictures that you want someone else, someone who’s never met you to see.
  4. Watch the comments. Avoid curse words or negative comments in general or on pictures. Depending on your privacy settings, it can be very easy for a boss or potential boss to see you complaining about work, or even about them. If we’ve learned anything from social media it’s that not very much is private.

From all of us at LNE Consulting we hope these tips are informative and useful in keeping your online presence both presentable and professional.

 

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Team Building 101 from LNE Consulting

27459538_10156126492605126_5885260810274663037_nWhen it comes to creating and guiding a cohesive team that will get work done, our team leaders at LNE Consulting are the best! Need some tips and tricks on how to break the ice with your own team? Look no further, LNE Consulting has you covered.

  1. Try some ice-breakers. Name games and improv exercises are always a fun way to get to know your team members. Games open everyone up to being a little silly and perhaps a bit more relaxed—this will help to ease the nerves and get everyone familiar with their team.
  2. Go out on a team bonding excursion after work. Plan a time to go to an interesting event, or go to a cool restaurant. Perhaps breaking the ice just means getting everyone out of the office and into another environment where they feel like they can connect with you and the rest of the team.
  3. Plan something where your team has to work together to solve a problem. Take part in an Escape Room challenge or make a scavenger hunt for everyone to collaborate on. Not only does this show your passion for encouraging a cohesive team, but it will show that you’re putting the work in.
  4. If one of your team members seems less interested in large group settings, try meeting with them one-on-one. Build the individual relationship first, and then work on integrating this person into the group and helping him/her bond with others.
  5. Travel! There are few bonding experiences as effective as hitting the road (or the skies!) together. If you get the chance, we encourage you to head out of town with your team. Perhaps attend a conference or visit a client — and of course do something cool while you’re there. You’re guaranteed to have a great chat or two.
  6. Invite everyone over. If you really want to get to know your team, invite them into your world. Invite them home for dinner or to watch a movie. Introduce them to your family or friends. You’ll be amazed by how quickly you bond.

What are your best team-building ideas? Share them with LNE Consulting in the comments below!

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3 Ways to Keep Learning After College | LNE Consulting

Here at LNE Consulting (Hollywood, FL) we believe that if you truly want to be successful, you need to constantly seek out new ways to learn and grow.

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College is an excellent place to grasp complicated concepts and develop new learning techniques. However, once you’ve graduated, lessons aren’t thrown at you every single day. In other words, new information comes to you in college, yet when you leave, you need to make an effort to find it on your own. This can be difficult because, well, life is busy. The hunger for knowledge can be replaced with job hunt anxiety and a plethora of real world problems. Don’t be mistaken: this hunger can never stop if you really desire success!

LNE Consulting has come up with 3 ways for you to keep learning even after you have left college!

1. Build your vocabulary

We learned fundamental vocabulary in grade school and it increased in complexity in middle school and high school. However, rarely are there college classes where you focus solely on expanding your vocabulary. Although you probably built a solid lexicon through years of pursuing your degree, it is important to remember that there are dictionaries full of words you have never seen before. A wonderful way to continue your hunt for knowledge after college is to build on your vocabulary and never stop!

2. Find a mentor

Mentors are experienced and trusted advisors who will help you move in the right direction. Being able to have someone who knows the ropes and wants you to succeed is invaluable. You will be able to learn a lot through their successes and failures while also augmenting your career. Our people at LNE Consulting can tell you all about the benefits of having a reliable mentor!

3. Listen to podcasts

Listening to podcasts on your commute or while you are exercising is a fabulous way to learn new information. The best part? They’re free right on your smartphone! There is a seemingly infinite amount of podcasts out there covering everything from finance, to ancient history, to complicated sciences. They can boost your knowledge with minimal effort, making you an expert in conversation and jack of all trades!

5 Ways to Thank Clients and Coworkers This Thanksgiving [LIST]

We love Thanksgiving here at LNE Consulting (Hollywood, FL)! It is a time for appreciating all that we have and all of the wonderful things that our clients and employees do for us. Giving thanks is an important thing to do because it reminds the people that you care about why they are so special to you.

In an age of rapidly increasing technology, personal displays of appreciation are diminishing through clicks and links, which can really take the meaning out of meaningful interactions. Here are 5 ways that you can thank your clients and coworkers this Thanksgiving!

1.  Handwritten Notes

We love in-person communication at LNE Consulting, but sometimes that isn’t always possible!

If there is anything that has been forgotten in this fast-moving society we live in – it’s handwritten letters! What’s actually great about this, though, is that writing someone a letter by hand has become a sincere display of appreciation. Sending a text message or a copy-and-pasted generic email is easy, and therefore has less meaning. Make sure to pull out a pad and paper and wish your customers and coworkers a Happy Thanksgiving, while including some reasons why you appreciate them!

Make sure to pull out a pad and paper and wish your customers and co-workers a Happy Thanksgiving. Don’t forget to include a few reasons why you appreciate them!

2. Get Specific

Don’t be generic with your ‘thank you’ greetings! Thank that employee for staying late all week to work on that project. Let that client know how much you appreciated that referral they gave you last month. Make sure to be as specific as possible and it will make the recipient feel important and thankful for you as well — an ongoing cycle of admiration!

3. Add a Gift

If you really want to go above and beyond this Thanksgiving, add a little gift to show how thankful you really are! It does not have to be expensive to be impactful. Going the extra mile and showing the recipient that you care enough to buy a little something for them will mean the world!

4. Make it Personal

If your client is located in the Northeast, tell them that you hope they are enjoying the fall weather. Even beter, why not wish your client’s children good wishes by name? I hope Billy and Sally enjoy the Tofurkey! Maybe even check out the Thanksgiving Day football schedule and wish your client’s team good luck! Remembering and acknowledging small details are key to showing people that you care, which is a small facet of the relationship-building strategy we have at LNE Consulting.

5. Include a Recipe

This adds some more spice — pun intended — to the personal effect of your gratitude. Along with the other thankful, personal, and specific things that you say to your client or coworker – send them a little recipe to make for their family’s feast!

If you have a famous stuffing recipe that kills on Thanksgiving, don’t be afraid to share the secret with the person to whom you’re giving thanks! It’s personal touches like this that keep clients and employees engaged and excited to be involved with you!

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5 Things You Can Do to Make Your Mornings Easier [LIST]

Mornings can be rough, can’t they? At LNE Consulting, we understand the importance of not being stressed out and rushed before you head out to a full and productive day of work. We put together a list of five things you can do to ease your morning routines, reduce stress and make mornings much more enjoyable.

1. Make your lunch the night before. You may be tired and would really rather leave it until morning, but you’ll thank yourself in the morning when all you have to do is grab your lunch and head to work instead of waking up earlier to make it.

2. Set multiple alarms, earlier than you need to be awake. This way you’ll gradually start to be aware that you need to wake up soon, and you’ll also be able to reward yourself when you can sleep in an extra 10 minutes before you actually need to wake up!

3. Lay out your clothes the day before. Don’t waste time in the morning trying to find the perfect tie or that left sock – if you look ahead of time then all you have to do in the morning is wake up and get dressed. Dressed for success, always. 

4. Turn on the coffee machine while you’re in the shower, this way the moment you’re out you can indulge in a wake me up and continue getting ready without having to wait for the coffee to brew.

5. Always put your car keys back in the same spot to ensure that you’re not scrambling around come morning. Routines are the best way to ensure that you don’t lose or forget important things and car keys are especially important.

Hopefully, these things will help to ease the rush and stress of the morning before work. LNE Consulting understands that coming into work after a morning where everything went wrong can be especially difficult, but we commend you for doing it because the work wouldn’t get done without you and the sacrifices that we all make to do the things we love.

From all of us at LNE Consulting we hope you have stress-free mornings and productive work weeks!